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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Weir (Local Democracy Reporter)

Councillors to get a flavour of Dulse and Yellowman in study visit to Ould Lammas Fair

Dulse and yellowman seller

Antrim and Newtownabbey Council’s Ballyclare May Fair Working Group is taking part in a “study visit” to this year’s Ould Lammas Fair in Ballycastle.


The event is described as Ireland’s oldest fair and is held annually in Ballycastle in late August.


A report presented to councillors at a meeting of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council on Monday evening said: “As part of the ongoing work to develop the May Fair, it is proposed to organise a study visit to the Aul Lammas Fair on Tuesday 29 August.”



A working group of elected members and community representatives oversees planning and delivery of the Ballyclare May Fair which dates back to 1756.


Speaking at a meeting of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council on Monday evening, Ballyclare DUP Councillor Jeannie Archibald-Brown, a member of the Ballyclare May Fair Working Group, welcomed the proposal describing it as “a good idea to see what is happening and to learn some good things” adding  it may “build a relationship”.



The Ould Lammas Fair returns to Ballycastle this year from Saturday, August 26 until Tuesday, August 29. Ireland’s oldest traditional fair is expected to attract thousands of visitors.


The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Councillor Steven Callaghan said:


“The Ould Lammas Fair has been a staple of Ballycastle for centuries – it is engrained in the town’s history and continues to be a focal point of the year’s tourism calendar.



“This fantastic event holds a very special place in the hearts of local people, as well as in the hearts of the many thousands who come from far and wide to be a part of it each and every year.


“For generations, the Ould Lammas Fair has brought families, friends and communities together and I look forward to seeing the town full of people enjoying dulse, Yellow-man and everything else it has to offer.”


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